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Joe Hill: Stories over the Storyteller

Apr 11, 2019

There are times when we don’t really choose the path that we want to take; sometimes, it chooses us instead—as if there’s some invisible force that keeps pulling us, whether we want it or not. That, it seems, is how writing was for the best-selling American author Joe Hill. Joe Hill is the son of famous and celebrated novelists Stephen King and Tabitha King, a fact that he hid from everyone the moment he started to publish his works. Living with an entire family of writers, Hill could still have chosen any other career path, but it just can’t be denied that the talent for writing runs in the family. His siblings, Naomi King and Owen King, also showed keen interest and exceptional......

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An Iris through the Cracks: Louise Glück

Apr 04, 2019

Considered one of the most iconic female contemporary poets in the United States, Louise Glück has awed her readers with several poetry collections that emanate such precision and emotion. Her lines are straightforward but full of meaning, showcasing beauty in cold isolation, much like a solitary flower grows through the cracks of a stone wall. Glück was born in 1943 in New York City and grew up on Long Island. In 1961, Glück graduated from George W. Hewlett High School and later attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. Around seven years later, Glück published the first of her many poetry collections, Firstborn (1968), followed by The House on Marshland (1975), Th......

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Reviving Youth, Representing Minorities, and Reimagining the World: David Levithan

Mar 21, 2019

Since David Levithan’s first novel came out in 2003, he has been making waves not only in the literary industry but also in the hearts of young men and women. Levithan is most known for his vivacious and captivating romance titles, some of which present themes often deemed unusual as ordinarily as they should be. With titles like Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, and Every Day, Levithan has given readers in and out of the LGBTQIA+ community tales to swoon over and find themselves in. Born in 1972 (some sources say it’s September 7, but we can’t be too sure) in Short Hills, New Jersey, Levithan himself described himself as fairly well-adjusted from childhood up to adulthood. Levitha......

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When Love Arrives: Jojo Moyes

Mar 14, 2019

If you’re the type of reader who’s into dramatic stories and swoon-worthy romances, try to reach for a novel by Jojo Moyes the next time you’re looking for something to read. Once a hard-core journalist, romance author Jojo Moyes has entranced millions of readers worldwide with her international best seller Me Before You. Pauline Sara-Jo Moyes, better known as Jojo Moyes to her readers, was born in Maidstone, England. Moyes always knew that she was going to be a writer and had already done different writing and writing-related jobs even before she entered university. She used to work as a Braille typist and as a brochure writer at Club 18-30. Moyes continued on her path to becomin......

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Letters to Lovelorn Teens: Jenny Han

Mar 07, 2019

When it comes to writing heartwarming stories of young love, lasting friendships, the perils of puberty, and hope after high school, Jenny Han knows just what to do to capture the attention and admiration of her young-adult readers. After the film adaptation release of one of her best-selling novels, Han is back in the spotlight with a fan base that just keeps growing and growing. Han was born on September 3, 1980, in Richmond, Virginia, the elder of two daughters of Korean parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Raised in a Korean American community, Han grew up with fellow Asian kids and a deep appreciation for her Korean roots. In a 2011 interview, Han shared......

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Wordsmith of Color: Warsan Shire

Feb 07, 2019

A poet and activist as young as she is internationally renowned and groundbreaking, Warsan Shire has sent shock waves across the literary world with the warmth, worldliness, vividness, and viscera of her pieces, which transcend race, religion, gender, and generations.. Many have (recently) known her to be the inspiration behind Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, but Warsan Shire, now twenty-nine, has been writing poetry since she was eleven and sharing her works with the public since she was sixteen—during which she had even won an international poetry slam. Born in Kenya in 1988 to Somali parents, Shire had migrated to London with her family when she was only a year old and would......

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Khaled Hosseini: A Voice for Afghanistan

Jan 31, 2019

In times of trouble, chaos, and confusion, art is something that people turn to for escape. However, art has also become a means through which thoughts, opinions, and ideas are discussed. Some authors, such as Khaled Hosseini, tell their own stories in the hopes of making more people understand their struggles. Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because of the nature of his father’s work, Hosseini grew up in various parts of the world. Hosseini and his family always thought that they would eventually return to Afghanistan and live there for good. Unfortunately, this was not to be. In 1978, the Saur Revolution occurred, leading them to seek asylum in the United......

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The Academic Fictionist: A. S. Byatt

Jan 24, 2019

A. S. Byatt’s stories thread through notable periods in British history and defy expectations with intellectual characters and fantastical elements. Throughout the decades, A. S. Byatt has woven a rich tapestry of fictional works inspired by real-life authors and artists as well as influential literary movements. Antonia Susan Byatt (née Drabble) was born on August 24, 1936, in Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England. Her father was a judge, and her late mother was a Cambridge teacher turned housewife whose domineering personality greatly affected the Drabble children. Byatt is also the elder sister of fellow novelist Margaret Drabble, each of whom, press have reported, harb......

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